Urinetown Logo

Music by Mark Hollman

Book by Greg Kotis

Directed by Stan Denman

October 1-4 & 8-11 at 7:30 p.m.
October 5 & 12 at 2 p.m.
Jones Theatre

Amanda Capshaw and Company
Joey Melcher, Adam Garst, and Patrick Matzig
Patrick Matzig, Emmie Rothenbach, and Company
Amanda Capshaw and Adam Garst
Amanda Capshaw and Sam Hough
Amanda Capshaw, Adam Garst, and Company
Amanda Capshaw, Kendall Foote, and Company
Bethany Salminen, Patrick Matzig, Sam Hough, Amanda Capshaw, and Louise McCartney
Jeff Wittekiend, Danielle Hawthorne, and John Ruegsegger
Joey Melcher, Louise McCartney, Patrick Matzig, Zach Krohn, and Sam Hough
Louise McCartney and Adam Garst
Sam Hough and Company
Amanda Capshaw and Company
Adam Garst and Company
Bethany Salminen
Louise McCartney and Company
Susan Tarta and Company
Kendall Foote, Adam Garst, and Company
Bobby Strong
Hope Cladwell
Caldwell B. Cladwell
Penelope Pennywise
Officer Lockstock
Little Sally
Officer Barrell
Mr. McQueen
Senator Fipp
Hot Blades Harry
Little Becky Two Shoes
Josephine Strong
Tiny Tom
Soupy Sue
Robby the Stockfish
Mrs. Millenium
Dr. Billeaux/Ensemble
Old Man Strong/Ensemble

Student Production Staff
Stage Manager
Kirstin Hodges
Assistant Stage Manager
Rebecca Johnson
Assistant Stage Manager
Pamela Davila
Sound Designer
Sarah Chanis
Assistant Lighting Designer
Michael Herbert
Assistant Lighting Designer
Richard Fields
Assistant Costume Designer
Justin Locklear

Faculty Production Staff
Stan Denman
Set Designer
Adrienne Harper
Costume Designer
Sally Askins
Lighting Designer
JoJo Percy
Technical Director
Adam Redmer

Baylor Theatre's "Urinetown" a gotta-go musical

By Carl Hoover, Waco Tribune-Herald
October 6, 2008

Make that a gotta-go-to musical, but it's hard to resist punning with such a subject.

Baylor Theatre's production of "Urinetown," however, is no joke. It's the department's best musical in years, a solid effort that reminds us what a joy the collaboration involved in theater can be: acting, music, choreography, costuming, set design and lighting.

The Greg Kottis-Mark Hollmann musical, set in a future so water-deprived that citizens must pay to pee, mocks stage musical conventions while at the same time delivering catchy songs and witty lyrics and dialogue. To director Stan Denman's credit, his Baylor cast hits the right tone for it all with a blend of irony, sarcasm and mock innocence.

Much of the production's success lies in its uniformly strong casting: romantic leads Bobby Strong (Adam Garst), leader of the people's revolt against the toilet tolls, and Hope Cladwell (Amanda Capshaw), daughter of Caldwell B. Cladwell (Sam Hough), the ruthless tycoon who owns the enormously profitable Urine Good Company that controls the city's pay facilities; Officer Lockstock (Patrick Matzig) and urchin Little Sally (Emmie Rothenbach), the musical's narrator and commentator; the tough operator of Public Amenity No. 9 Penelope Pennywise (Louise McCartney); and a company that sings well and handles Meredith Sutton's smart choreography.

That choreography, set design and staging sneak in humor in the small touches. Office staffers singing Cladwell's praises form a heart with bags of money while his corporate office features true ostentacious wealth: water trickling unrestrained down a back wall.

Bobby and his fellow rebels fight from behind barricades formed from toilets, a nod to "Les Miserables" that's echoed in choreography borrowed from that musical. The jazzy "Snuff That Girl" snaps its fingers a la "Cool" from "West Side Story." And a tweak of a line has Hope graduating from "the most expensive Baptist university in the world."

Denman and his cast make full use of the multi-level set, filled with steel walkways, ladders and sliding poles while Sally Askins' costume design pays attention to detail down to the scruffiest "Urinetown" denizen.

Melissa Johnson's musical direction blends strong solo and group singing with instrumental support from a five-person combo. The combination of body mikes and loud instrumental passages, though, sometimes caused feedback and a loss of lyrical clarity.

Its offputting title not withstanding, "Urinetown" is a funny, marvelously entertaining piece of theater that may make you think twice about that bathroom break at intermission. At least, it's still free.